Browsing All posts tagged under »SACP«

Bleak look at SA media freedom

November 24, 2014

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Where in the world has a ventriloquist’s dummy been sued for defamation and won a gagging order in court? Why, in South Africa, of course. This is among the increasingly bizarre contradictions emerging in this once widely hailed “rainbow nation”.

Calamity looms on SA political/union front

November 17, 2014

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It is no exaggeration to say that South Africa is in the midst of the most important political development since 1994, triggered by the decision of the Cosatu union federationto expel its largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa).

Constitutional misunderstandings

September 8, 2014

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South Africa's justly praised Constitution and the institutions it created have taken something of a verbal battering over the past week and more — and often for the wrong reasons. In the process, the office of the public protector has become something of a surrogate battleground for the opposing factions in in the country's major trade union federation, Cosatu.

Voting is over — new battles begin

May 11, 2014

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South Africa's 2014 election is over, but for many participants it will be recriminations rather than celebrations that will follow a watershed election, signalling changes — and battles — to come.

Cosatu schisms make for a rocky road ahead

April 21, 2014

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South Africa's scheduled national elections on May 7 seem to be beset by more bickering, bitterness and fragmentation than normal — and this is a clear portent for the future. A rocky road lies ahead.

Numsa, political parties & socialism

March 6, 2014

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Despite media claims to the contrary there is no move by the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) to start a political party. What the union plans to organise is a series of “socialist consultative conferences” in the nine provinces of South Africa.

Hypocrisy, hot air & some hope for the future

December 6, 2013

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Regular readers of this column over the past decade may be forgiven for feeling frustrated and annoyed by the current goings on within Cosatu and the wider, governing, alliance.  As noted last week, we have heard it all before.  But the irony and hypocrisy displayed now seems to have reached new levels.   Apparently blissfully […]